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Springfield Community Profile & Itinerary

A visit back in time to the home of America’s sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln, awaits you on your journey to Always Legendary Springfield, the Capital City of Illinois. You’ll get a sense of Lincoln as a man and father as well as a leader on his way to greatness. Start your exploration at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience with two special effect theaters, state of the art interactive exhibits and a gallery of treasures that tell Lincoln’s story from his birth in a small cabin in Kentucky through his election, presidency and assassination. From there, you can go out into the city and see the many of the actual historic sites depicted in the museum at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Old State Capitol, Lincoln Depot and Lincoln Tomb and Monument where Lincoln, his wife Mary and three of their four children are laid to rest.

Your visit to Springfield may begin with Lincoln but your trip only starts there. The Illinois State Capitol is a wondrous architectural achievement and a must see during your trip as is the Dana Thomas House, a Frank Lloyd Wright Design. The home is nearly complete with all of the original furniture, windows and fixtures from when Wright built the home.

Springfield is a foodie’s dream with great local diners, high end cuisine, microbreweries and wineries. The city is also a retail hub for Central Illinois with many local boutique shops and all of the most popular nationally known chains. Enjoy an abundance of green space throughout the city and around Lake Springfield. Take in a round of golf or bike and hike on one of the many trails in and around the city. Culture abounds in Springfield with quality theatrical and dance productions, a variety of musical genres and numerous art galleries.

Settlement of Springfield began around 1820 when John Kelly built a cabin on what is now the corner of Second and Jefferson streets. The city was originally named Calhoun for U.S. Senator and Vice President John C. Calhoun, but became Springfield in 1832. Springfield became the state capital in 1837 through the efforts of Abraham Lincoln and the “Long Nine”. The group, including Lincoln, was known as the “Long Nine” because they were all at least 6 feet tall. As of the 2013, the city’s population was 117,006.

Route 66 travels directly through Springfield and was part of the original 1926 alignment. You can visit portions of the original road near Carpenter Park, Lake Springfield and a 1.25 mile stretch of historic brick road listed on the National Register of Historic Places near Auburn Illinois. Route 66 stops in Springfield include Cozy Dog Drive In, the Route 66 Drive In Theater, Mahan’s Filling Station and Lauterbach Giant



Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Dedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th president, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to Lincoln. It merges scholarship with showmanship, offering high-tech exhibits, interactive displays and multi-media programs, as well as a reproduction of the White House as it looked in 1861.

112-212 North Sixth Street

(800) 610-2094 or (217) 782-5764

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Official Website

Union Station – History to Hollywood

Union Station opened in 1896 as a combined passenger terminal for several railroads serving Springfield and closed in 1971. It has been extensively restored and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, as part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum complex, it houses “Lincoln: History to Hollywood,” an exhibition of sets, costumes and props from the Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln.”

500 East Madison Street

(217) 558-8934

Union Station – History to Hollywood Official Website

Old State Capitol State Historic Site

This is considered by many to be Lincoln’s capitol as it was here that he argued cases before the Illinois Supreme Court, served in the state legislature, first confronted Stephen Douglas, and where he delivered his famous “House Divided” speech.

1 South Old State Capitol Plaza

(217) 785-7960

Old State Capitol Official Website

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

The Lincoln Home has been restored to its 1860 appearance, revealing Lincoln as a husband, father and politician. Your tour of this national treasure will be conducted by National Park Service rangers. Free tickets are required and may be obtained at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center.

426 South 7th Street

(217) 391-3221

Lincoln Home National Historic Site Official Website

Cozy Dog Drive-In

The restaurant is a shrine to Route 66 and to itself, packed with mementos, clippings, and old signs, as well as with Mother Road souvenirs for sale. The “corn dog on a stick” was invented during World War II by Ed Waldmire when he was in the Air Force stationed in Texas. Cozy Dogs were officially launched at the Lake Springfield Beach House in 1946, and a stand was opened on Ash and MacArthur.

2935 South Sixth Street

(217) 525-1992

Cozy Dog Drive In Official Website

Knight’s Action Park & Splash Kingdom

Knight’s Action Park opened in 1930 as a golf driving range by George Knight Sr. It has evolved into a diverse family fun park with water slides, wave pool, go karts, pedal boats, bumper boats, miniature golf courses, batting cages and more.

1700 Recreation Drive

(217) 546-8881

Knights Action Park & Splash Kingdom Official Website

Route 66 Drive-In

The Green Meadows Drive-In opened in 1978 and lasted just 4 years. Restored in 2002 as the Route 66 Drive-In, it now shows double features on weekends in April and May then nightly from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day and on weekends through October. The drive-in is located right next to Knight’s Action Park.

1700 Recreation Drive

(217) 698-0066

Route 66 Drive Inn Official Website

Frank Lloyd Wright Dana-Thomas House

The Dana-Thomas House is a famous Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style home. In 1902, architect Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design a home for Susan Lawrence Dana, a forward-thinking socialite

in Springfield. The building contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Wright traveled Route 66 with his entourage of students to reach Taliesin West, and would periodically stop by the house.

301 East Lawrence

(217) 782-6776

Dana Thomas House Official Website

Lauterbach Giant

Lauterbach Tire and Auto Service has a fiberglass “muffler man” giant standing in the parking lot. He used to hold a tire, but was recently upgraded to be more patriotic with a U.S. flag. In 2006, the muffler man lost his head during a tornado, but was skillfully repaired by the station.

1569 Wabash Avenue

(217) 546-2600

Lauterbach Giant Official Website

Hoogland Center for the Arts

Originally built as a Masonic Temple in 1909, the Hoogland is an 80,000 square foot facility that houses three performance theaters and additional gathering areas. Home to a variety of concerts, plays, musicals, recitals, gallery showings and more.

420 South Sixth Street

(217) 523-2787

Hoogland Center for the Arts Official Website

Springfield Antique Mall

Located on the 1940 alignment of Route 66, this is mall is an antique lover’s dream! Over 50 booths to pick through.

3031 Reilly Drive

(217) 522-3031

The Springfield Antique Mall Official Website

Illinois State Capitol

Topped with a 405-foot dome, the Illinois State Capitol has served the people of the state as its seat of government since 1877. See politics in action from balcony level seating when the Illinois legislature is

in session (January – May) and (October -November). Guided tours of this beautiful building are available year round.

301 South Second Street

(217) 782-2099

Illinois State Capitol Official Website

Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site

On the day President Lincoln died, April 15, 1865, Springfield citizens began raising funds to build a memorial. On May 3, the body was delivered to Springfield and stored in a receiving vault at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The tomb, built of granite with a 117-foot high obelisk, was completed in 1874.This is the

final resting place for Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary Todd, and three of their four sons.

1500 Monument Avenue

(217) 782-2717

Lincoln Tomb Official Website

Illinois War Memorials

Oak Ridge Cemetery is home to the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and Purple Heart Memorial Exhibits, each with a distinctive design and a distinguished tribute to the surviving veterans and those who lost their lives during these conflicts.

1500 Monument Avenue

(217) 782-2717

Illinois War Memorials Official Website

Lincoln Memorial Garden

Lincoln Memorial Garden was founded in 1936 as a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln. All plants in the garden are native to the three states Lincoln lived in—Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Located on Lake Springfield, the gardens were designed by famed Chicago landscape architect, Jens Jensen. Because

of this association with Jensen, the gardens were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Visit the nature center and gift shop.

2301 East Lakeshore Drive

(217) 529-1111

Lincoln Memorial Garden Official Site

Lincoln Depot

Take a self-guided exhibit at the restored train depot built in 1852 from which President- Elect, Abraham Lincoln, departed for Washington D.C. on February 11, 1861. Lincoln gave one of his most compelling

speeches from the back of the special train that would take him to Washington.

930 East Monroe Street

(217) 544-8441

The Lincoln Depot Official Website

Illinois State Military Museum

Located at the headquarters of the Illinois National Guard, this museum preserves a diverse and rare military collection of artifacts, flags, uniforms, vehicles and weapons depicting Illinois’ military history. You’ll even find the artificial leg of Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, and the wooden target board Abraham Lincoln used to test the Spencer rifle in 1863.

1301 North MacArthur

(217) 761-3910

Illinois State Military Museum Official Website

Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery

Located in an historic mansion and carriage house – just steps from the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, this locally owned establishment features an array of microbrews made on site, along with a great menu of delicious eats. There’s a beautiful outside patio for enjoying warm evenings in this historic

district. This is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.

500 South Sixth Street

(217) 670-0627

Obed and Isaacs Official Website

Jungle Jim’s Cafe

Jungle Jim’s Cafe is a quintessential roadside diner located directly on the 1930-40 alignment of Route 66 in Springfield. The cafe is famous for their all-day breakfast & other home-style American diner food with race car memorabilia and Route 66 décor covering the walls for ambiance. Chances are

that Jungle Jim himself will be there to greet you. Featuring great home cooking, friendly service and very reasonable prices! Open for breakfast and lunch.

1923 North Peoria Road

(217) 789-6173

Jungle Jim’s Cafe Official Website

Charlie Parker’s Diner

Charlie Parker’s Diner has been serving up breakfast and lunch to locals and travelers alike in a Quonset hut since the early ‘90’s. The favorite eatery has won numerous awards and received regional and national press for their great food and outstanding service, including being featured by Guy Fieri on

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Finish a stack of their giant pancakes (the pancakes are pizza sized,

by the way) and they’re free. Recipient of the “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award by the Illinois Office of Tourism.

700 North Street

(217) 241-2104

Charlie Parker's Diner Official Website

The Chili Parlor

Formerly Joe Rogers’ “The Den” Chili Parlor. Founder Joe Rogers created his “perfect chili recipe,” and on December 31, 1945 he opened his first chili parlor that consisted of only 11 lunch counter stools. Locals swear that the secret to their great chili is in the customers’ ability to order it “your way.” From

mild to Firebrand, meat or no meat, beans or no beans, you order it they’ll make it.

820 South 9th Street

(217) 523-4989

The Chili Parlor Official Website

The Curve Inn

The Curve Inn opened on Route 66 south of Springfield in 1945. The original owner, Guido Manci, served the public in the main tavern area, while “special” customers could ring a buzzer at the bottom of the back stairs to gain entrance to the gambling parlor on the upper floor. It was inducted into the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame in 2007.

3219 South Sixth Street Road

(217) 529-5806

The Curve Inn Official Website

Merchant House

Formerly known as Widow at Windsor, this beautiful store is a place where European and Asian styles still abound. In addition to fine antiques, visitors will find a wide variety of contemporary home furnishings, accessories and gifts.

625 East Monroe Street

(217) 744-3735

Merchant House Official Website

Wm. Van’s Coffee House

Wm. Van’s is a classic coffee house experience situated in a 1850s mansion in which Abraham Lincoln himself assisted with the construction costs. Featuring coffees and specialty drinks from around the world, as well as sandwiches, salads and pastries.

503 South 7th Street

(217) 679-4726

Wm Van's Coffee House Official Website

Ace Sign Company Antique Sign Museum

The Ace Sign Company Antique Sign Museum is located in the new location for the company on First Street in Springfield. Ace Sign Company is a 75+ year old company with four generations of family ownership and operation. The museum has a large collection of signs, featuring neon signs and also

artifacts from the Bel-Aire Motel in Springfield, including the fully restored Sputnik.

2540 South 1st Street

(217) 522-8417

Ace Sign Company Antique Sign Museum Official Website

Fulgenzi’s Pizza & Pasta

The family restaurant, Fulgenzi’s Pizza & Pasta, opened originally as “Custard Castle” in 1979 by John and Sandra Fulgenzi along with their three sons John-John, Jeff, and Joel. The facility started as a walk-up ice cream stand located across from the Illinois State Fairgrounds and also served Castle burgers

and Chili Dogs. In 1983, Fulgenzi’s added the “World’s Greatest Hamburgers” and in 1987

they added pasta with homemade Italian sauce. The latest addition is the delicious thin-crust pizza, regarded by many as the best pizza in town.

1168 Sangamon Avenue

(217) 544-8520

Fulgenzi's Pizza and Pasta Official Website

Hall’s Harley Davidson

Stop in and check out the magnificent 10,000 square foot Harley Davidson showroom. Hall’s has a huge selection of motorcycles, apparel and customized collectibles for all ages. Located on the 1940-1977 Route 66 alignment in Springfield.

2301 North Dirksen Parkway

(217) 528-8356

Hall's Harley Davidson Official Website

Mahan’s Filling Station at Fulgenzi’s

Mahan’s Filling Station, a unique example of the earliest of gas stations, is now on display at Fulgenzi’s Pizza & Pasta located across from the Historic Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The roadside attraction is now accessible as a great photo and souvenir opportunity for Route 66 visitors. Fulgenzi’s

restaurant property itself was once the site of two Route 66 motels and a car painting business in the heyday of the road. Fulgenzi’s opened their original family restaurant in 1979 as a “Custard Castle”, which has become a regular stop for 66 travelers.

1168 Sangamon Avenue

(217) 544-8520

Mahan Filling Station Official Website

Nancy’s Pizza

Now you can get Chicago-style stuffed pizza in Springfield! Nancy’s Pizza dates back to 1971 when Italian immigrants, Nancy and Rocco Palese, opened their first pizza parlor in Chicago. They have been recognized by the restaurant industry and the media for numerous accolades, including for Best

Pizza in Chicago. Featuring the first stuffed pizza in America, based on a family recipe for scarciedda, which is an Easter specialty cake. Also enjoy their famous thin crust pizza, fettuccine alfredo and many other delicious pastas.

2301 West Monroe Street

(217) 679-0456

Nancy’s Pizza Official Website

Illinois State Museum

The Illinois State Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the natural history, anthropology, history, and art of Illinois. Explore three floors of exhibits that display a vast array of items drawn from the Museum’s collections of over 13.5 million artifacts including skeletal specimens of the Mastodon, and the giant Jefferson Ground Sloth.

502 South Spring Street

(217) 782-7386

Illinois State Museum Official Website

Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site

Just a few miles outside of Springfield in historic Petersburg, you can step back in time nearly 200 years as you walk through the reconstructed pioneer village of New Salem, where a young Abraham Lincoln

lived and worked before he embarked on his career as lawyer and legislator leading to becoming President of the United States.

15588 History Lane (Route 97 Petersburg)

(217) 632-4000

Lincoln's New Salem Official Website

Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum

Through exhibits, gatherings and interpretation, this Museum features the history and culture that tell the story of the African American experience living in Springfield and Central Illinois during the 19th 20th centuries.

1440 Monument Ave

(217) 391-6323

Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum Official Website

Edwards Place

Edwards Place was home to Benjamin and Helen Edwards and tells the story of social and domestic life in antebellum Springfield. A center for social activity, prominent citizens and politicians such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were entertained at lavish dinner parties and picnics. Your visit to Edwards Place will include a tour of this wonderful Italianate mansion and its fascinating collection of furnishings, including the "courting couch" on which Mary and Lincoln sat while they were courting. Due to restoration efforts, Edwards Place is closed and will resume tours in March 2018.

700 N. Fourth Street

(217) 523-2631

Edwards Place Official Website

Elijah Iles House/Museum of Springfield History

Learn about early Springfield at the home of one of the city's founding fathers, Elijah Iles. Standing as the oldest surviving home in Springfield, the house was home to Springfield's first merchant and a friend and supporter of Abraham Lincoln. Iles served with Lincoln in the Blackhawk War of 1832, and helped Lincoln secure the state capital's move from Vandalia to Springfield.

628 S. Seventh Street

(217) 492-5929

Elijah Iles House Official Website

Lincoln Family Pew

Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, like many of their neighbors, maintained a family pew in their place of worship. You may view it, and seven beautiful Tiffany windows, in the First Presbyterian Church, which is downtown Springfield.

321 S. Seventh Street

(217) 528-4311

Lincoln Family Pew Official Website

Vachel Lindsay Home

The 1879 birthplace of the native Springfield poet/artist, this house remained Lindsay's only home until his death there in 1931. The house was built in the late 1840s; an early owner was C.M. Smith, whose wife, Ann, was the sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. Both Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were frequent visitors. The house was purchased in 1878 by Lindsay's parents and remained in the Lindsay family for 80 years.

603 S. Fifth Street

(217) 524-0901

Vachel Lindsay Home Official Website

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

The magnificent bell tower in Washington Park holds one of the few Carillons in the world open to the public. A carillon is a musical instrument consisting of, in this case, 67 bells and is being played by a carillonist. Tours are available and a spectacular view of the city await your ascent.

(217) 546-3853

1740 W. Fayette Avenue

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon Official Website

Washington Park Botanical Gardens

Come smell the flowers in Washington Park Botanical Garden. See more than 1,800 species of beautiful plants, along with other various horticultural charms: a cactus garden, perennial border, peony collection, rose garden, shade garden and Roman Cultural Garden, among many others.

1740 W. Fayette Avenue (Washington Park)

(217) 546-4116

Washington Park Botanical Gardens Official Website

Air Combat Museum

The Air Combat Museum showcases the role of military aviation and features a collection of historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia including a Beechcraft AT-11 used to train bombardiers in World War II, a P-51 Mustang, a Vought F4U-S Corsair, a 1930s Fleet Model 9 biplane, and a Soko G-21 Galeb, the first Yugoslavian jet.

835 S. Airport Drive

(217) 522-2181

Air Combat Museum Official Website

Camp Butler National Cemetery

Camp Butler was once the site of Illinois’ second largest Union Army training camp during the Civil War and also became a Confederate POW prison after the fall of Fort Donelson in February 1862. It is one of the fourteen original national cemeteries authorized by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 and continues to afford final resting places for veterans and their eligible dependents. There are over 25,000 persons interred in the cemetery, including 866 Union and 776 Confederate soldiers who died at the camp between 1862 and 1865.

5063 Camp Butler Road

(217) 492-4070

Camp Butler National Cemetery Official Website

Illinois Fire Museum

Step back in time inside the Old Firehouse Building #7 on the grounds of the Illinois State Fair and see antique fire service memorabilia, art work, equipment, and sculptures. The museum is home to one of the nation's largest collections of firefighter patches.

Illinois State Fairgrounds

(217) 785-7487

Illinois Fire Museum Official Website

Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Museum

Opened to the public in April 2005, this museum contains a collection of uniforms, badges, photographs, vintage squad cars and other artifacts from the long history of the Illinois State Police starting in 1922.

4000 N. Peoria Road

(217) 525-1922 or (217) 528-0764

Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Museum Official Website

Henson Robinson Zoo

The Henson Robinson Zoo is home to animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. Over 90 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits. Special events are held throughout the year and provide many hands-on experiences for children and adults alike. Also, take a Zooper Edventure with the zoo's education programs for children ages 2 to 17. Facilities include a gift shop, concessions and a petting area.

1100 E. Lake Shore Drive

(217) 585-1821

Henson Robinson Zoo Official Website

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum

The war that helped shape a country is remembered here in War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. The museum also contains medals, photos, actual battle swords, currency, drums and other musical instruments, books, documents, a Union soldier's uniform, and dresses from the Civil War era.

503 S. Walnut Street

(217) 544-0616

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum Official Website

Springfield Illinois Route 66 Experience Hub and Wayside Exhibits

Springfield, the hub of Illinois and the heart of Lincoln Land, has long been a tourist destination on Route 66. Motorists were met with a galaxy of neon signs promoting local temptations like Cozy Dogs, Mel-O-Cream Donuts, and Horseshoe Sandwiches. Motels thrived along the dazzling thoroughfare leading into the capital city. Just like today, people flocked to experience the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

It was an adventure to stay in a 1950s motor court. In Springfield, some motels were fashioned like adobe and promised a southwestern destination. Others lured visitors with space age symbols of Sputnik. Motels competed with increasingly luxurious amenities such playgrounds, swimming pools, and color television.

Hungry Route 66 travelers have always savored famous food innovations that originated here in Springfield. Tackle a horseshoe sandwich, nibble a genuine Cozy Dog, and savor a Mel-O-Cream donut.
Most restaurants along Route 66 offer their own signature Horseshoe Sandwiches. They are made of several layers: Bread on the bottom, ham steak or hamburger patties in the middle, fries on top, and everything smothered with cheese sauce. Mel- o - Cream Donuts was founded as a retail shop in Springfield in 1932. They primarily sell to restaurants and grocery stores. But in Springfield, you can stop by a donut shop and get them fresh from the oven. Cozy Dogs are the original "hot dog on a stick" deep fried in batter. They were first served in 1946 at the Lake Springfield Beach House. They're still served up hot at the Cozy Dog Drive In along Route 66.


History Comes Alive

Step into 19th century America when History Comes Alive each summer in Springfield. Visit Springfield’s historic sites and interact with 19th century characters or enjoy period music. You might even meet Mr. Lincoln himself! Many sites and attractions in historic Springfield will be brimming with free live performances and fun activities that will transport you and your family back in time – to the Springfield Abraham Lincoln knew and loved. History Comes Alive will runs June through August.

(217) 789-2360

History Comes Alive Official Website

Illinois State Fair

August 9-19, 2018

You get everything you can possibly imagine when you attend the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this August, including top-notch performers at the grandstand shows!
Daily Events
Each day of the fair has its own unique theme. Come and enjoy each day’s activities as they revolve around that day’s theme. Or, search through the database to find when your favorite act or event is scheduled.

From country to classical the Illinois State Fair offers nightly concerts for everyone to enjoy. During the day, watch tractor pulls, horse races, and automotive races.

The Arena
Come see some great entertainment under the tents of the multi-purpose Arena. This area offers a unique venue from concerts to cow pokes. Don't miss a minute of the excitement.
Free Stages
Fairgoers will be hard pressed not to find free entertainment and music when roaming the fairgrounds. The fair will host 12 free entertainment stages throughout the fairgrounds, with many offering performances from open to close for the entire duration of the fair.

(217) 782-6661

Illinois State Fair Official Website

International Route 66 Mother Road Festival

September 28-30, 2017

Held annually the last full weekend of September, thousands of people from around the world flock to this event featuring hundreds of classic and vintage vehicles, live entertainment, celebrities, dozens of food booths, one-of-a-kind exhibits and more – all in a 20 block area of the historic downtown.

Historic Downtown Springfield

(800) 545-7300

International Route 66 Mother Road Festival Official Website

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon

Fat Ass 5k

Old State Capitol Art Fair

Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile

Flag Lowering Ceremony

International Carillon Festival

Legacy of Giving Festival

Capital City Celebration / Rock the Dock / Knights Action Park

Amaranth Apple Festival

Downhome Music Festival

Powerlight Abe Lincoln Spectacular

Old Capitol Blues and BBQ

Art Spectacular at the Carillon

Springfield Oyster and Brew Fest

Edwards Place Fine Art Fair

Indian Summer Festival

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Route 66 Film Festival

Capital City Century

First Night

Maple Syrup Time

Luminaria Sunday at the Dana Thomas House

Downtown Springfield Holiday Walks

Hoogland Center for the Arts

Sangamon Auditorium

Legacy Theater

The Muni

Visit Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events


City of Springfield

City of Springfield Official Website

Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

109 N 7th Street

Springfield, IL 62701

(217) 789-2360

Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Official Website

Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area

Looking for Lincoln? You’ll find him here – in the many places in Illinois Lincoln lived and traveled for nearly 30 years. Throughout 42 counties, you’ll have a front row seat as the life and times of Abraham Lincoln unfold before your eyes through amazing historic attractions, living history special events, and stories of the people and places that would shape man who would become our nation’s 16th president.

(217) 782-6817

Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Official Website

Springfield Accommodations

Carpenter Street Hotel

When Carpenter Street Hotel opened in 1997, it catered to patients and families from Prairie Heart Institute/St. John’s Hospital, but was soon discovered by visitors to other medical facilities, as well as tourists and business travelers. The hotel is within walking distance of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential

Museum and Library, Lincoln’s home and the surrounding historic district, the Old State Capitol and countless shops, eateries and night spots. Shuttle service is available to and from the airport or train station, local hospitals and medical facilities. During the 10-day Illinois State Fair, shuttle service will drop off and pick up at the front gate.

525 North Sixth Street

(217) 789-9100

Carpenter Street Hotel Official Website

Historic Inn at 835

This elegantly restored 1909 apartment building is the only lodging facility in Springfield listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thirteen guest suites and attached event space all reflect the original history of the building. Just blocks south of the Illinois Capitol Building.

835 South 2nd Street

(888) 217-4835

Inn at 835 Official Website

Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center

The Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center, situated at 6th and Stevenson Drive, was originally built in 1957 as Illinois’ first Holiday Inn on the original Route 66. The hotel has been fully remodeled and the main hallways are literally covered with historical pictures among a wide variety of unusual collectibles

that bring back lots of memories. Some people spend hours looking at all of the memorabilia. New restaurant on-site and over 4000-square-feet of banquet space is available to host your event!

625 East Saint Joseph Street (6th Street & Stevenson Drive)

(217) 529-6626

Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center Official Website

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